Suzuki Splash

The Essentials

  • Price from £10,065
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 58.9mpg
  • What is it? City car that comes laden with kit and is fun to drive, but boot space isn't great

Great

  • Well equipped, especially on the safety front
  • Surprisingly neat handling
  • Perky and economical engines

Gripes

  • A lot of money for such a small car
  • Refinement could be better
  • Large blind spots
  • Drive

    Tidy handling but a firm ride

  • Inside

    Plenty of ways to get comfortable but poor rear visibility

  • Safety

    Competitive safety kit on all models

  • Reliability

    Suzuki has only an average reputation for reliability

  • Space

    Room for four big 'uns, but don't try and take many bags

  • Standard and extras

    All versions come well equipped

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Splash is available with two engines: a 68bhp 1.0-litre and 93bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit. Both need to be hustled along, but are surprisingly sprightly if you keep the revs high. The steering is responsive, body control is fairly tight and there's decent grip, so the Splash is surprisingly capable on twisty roads. The ride is firm, but rarely gets uncomfortable.
    Things become a little noisy on faster routes because there's quite a bit of road noise to be heard and both engines become vocal under acceleration, and. However, they settle down at cruising speeds, and aren't overly intrusive around town.

  • What's it like inside?

    There's reasonable adjustment for the driving position, although the steering wheel doesn't move for reach. The cabin is well organised and easy to navigate, too, but the wide rear pillars restrict your visibility.
    For such a small car there's a surprising amount of space inside; the tall roof means there's plenty of headroom, and there's enough legroom for adults, too. Only the small boot lets the side down, but you can split and fold the rear seats to extend the cargo area.
    Standard kit levels are pretty generous; even the entry level models come with electric front windows, air-con, a CD player and steering-wheel controls. More expensive models also gain alloy wheels, front fog lamps and rear privacy glass.

  • How reliable is it?

    The Splash doesn't appear in the most recent JD Power ownership satisfaction survey, but its big brother, the Swift, finished in the bottom three of its category with only an average score for mechanical reliability.
    Safety kit is good for a supermini, with six airbags and stability control on all versions. The Splash scored four out of five stars for adult protection and three out of five stars for child protection in Euro NCAP crash tests. The Hyundai i10, meanwhile, scored four for both.

  • Should I buy one?

    The Splash may be small, but it's not all that cheap compared with rivals. Running costs are kept low thanks to reasonable fuel economy and low emissions, but a Volkswagen Up is cheaper to buy and run.